Memorial Day Charter Organization Service Project
This was a GREAT way to pay back our community and our Charter orgazniaztion. We placed American Flags and Crosses at the Headstones of deceased service members. Additionally, we picked up the area, and manicured the headstones so that they were visible. We then went back to our American Legion, and provided a class for one of the requirements for new scouts on Citizenship. We were blessed with GREAT weather, and a productive day! We were also able to identify grownups that had passed, and though enough about their Scouting Career, that they had Scouting Symbols engraved on their Headstones. We provided this service to several hundred headstones, to show respect for our Veterans and their Families. Additionally, this is one of several ways throughout the year we show our appreciation to our Charter Organization ( Spenard Post 28 of the American Legion). This was truely a humbling experience. To see the Boys attempt to relate to the years that some of these folks were alive (Late 1800s) to service members that passed and were only a couple years older than the scouts themselves. One of the most respectful events that was witnessed was one of the youngest Scouts noticed an elderly gentleman who brought out his own flowers and flags to place at a couple headstones. Turns out that it was the headstones of his Mother and Sister. It was a very simple pair of graves, but the Scout asked if the Gentleman would like for them to place Crosses on them while he was there, and the Gentleman hung his head and nodded. It was humbling to witness this exchange that spanned generations. After the gentleman regained his composure, he started commenting on his own youth as a Scout.
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